For 30 years, the Sharing Tree program has helped thousands of children and adults experience the joy of the holiday season. Sharing Tree brings together businesses, agencies, churches, schools and hundreds of community volunteers to ensure the holiday wishes of those in need are fulfilled.
The Salvation Army and United Way of Midland County are once again partnering to bring this program to our community. This collaboration has allowed the program to grow, reaching more and more people each year. This year, they hope to help more than 3,300 Midland County residents in time for the holiday season.
Sharing Tree does more than provide gifts. It helps those who are struggling to afford basic needs like utility assistance, transportation vouchers, household necessities and food. Many requests are for items many of us may take for granted, such as hats, gloves, coats and gas to get to work. Each tag represents an individual with a holiday wish, with an average value of $30.
“The support for this community program continues to grow each year,” shared Holly Miller, President and CEO of United Way of Midland County. “The spirit of Christmas truly comes alive through this program and it’s a blessing that so many of our neighbors not only buy gifts but also dedicate their time as volunteers for this program. Without them, we wouldn’t be able to make so many holiday wishes come true.”
Volunteers are an incredibly important part of this effort. They give countless hours of their time checking-in gifts, shopping for unfilled tags, and ensuring that the gifts are sent to the correct agency or school so they are delivered to homes prior to Christmas day. If you’re interested in volunteering for Sharing Tree, please visit: Sharing Tree Volunteers
The support of this program truly takes the efforts of our entire community. Many local businesses and churches support Sharing Tree by hosting a tree. Tags can be found at the following local churches and businesses throughout the community:
Assumption BVM Catholic Church
Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church
Bricks Real Estate Experts
Coldwell Banker Professionals
Computers To Go
Dani B’s Studio for Hair
First Baptist Church
First United Methodist Church
Gordonville United Methodist Church
Greater Midland Community Center
Ieuter Insurance Group
Members First Credit Union
Midland Dental Center
Midland Public Schools Administration Building
Midland Reformed Church
RE/MAX of Midland
Sanford Our Lady of Grace
St John’s Lutheran Church
St Paul’s Lutheran Church
Trinity Lutheran Church
Unitarian Universalist Fellowship
United Church of Christ
Waskevich Family Chiropractic
Wheeler Road Church of Christ
Wildfire Credit Union
The holiday spirit doesn’t stop there. Local corporations including Dow, DuPont, McKay Press, Trinseo, Corteva, IFF, Savant and Xalt are hosting trees within their workplaces for their employees to join in.
Be sure to wrap the gift so that it can be opened during gift-check in, securely tape the tag to the gift and return to any Sharing Tree location by Wednesday, December 1.
For those who prefer to do their holiday shopping online, Sharing Tree offers an online giving portal where you can make a financial gift to fill individual requests. Visit sharingtreemidland.org or text “SharingTree” to 41444 to donate money to fill a remaining gift request.
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Work Location: 115 Jerome St, Midland, MI 48640 or Remote, preferred location: Michigan
The end is in sight—and it’s not too late to make a difference by investing in United Way. The organization is reporting pledges totaling $4,265,969 raised, or 91% of the overall community campaign goal of $4.7 million.
Dow completed its employee campaign on a high note, by exceeding their goal of $1.3 million. In an effort to create greater impact in our community, they committed to a higher campaign goal than last year. In addition to donations directly from employees, money was raised through special events and a generous donation from the Dow Company Foundation.
“Team Dow has certainly demonstrated what’s possible together during our employee campaign, and I couldn’t be prouder,” shared Dan Futter, Dow’s chief commercial officer. “The needs today are greater than ever, and our people stepped up again to serve their communities. Their resilience and generosity never fail to inspire me – especially as we navigate these extraordinary times together.”
The Dow Company Foundation is a longtime supporter of United Way. Each year, they award grant dollars to numerous eligible charitable organizations to support programs to help build community resiliency. With community needs at an all-time high, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the money donated through Dow’s efforts will help address many critical needs, including programs that focus on youth mentoring, mental health, overcoming loneliness, and supporting the ALICE population.
“Dow plays an instrumental role in helping to shape our local community – from investing their volunteer time, expertise and financial resources,” shared Holly Miller, President and CEO of United Way of Midland County . “We couldn’t be more grateful for our partnership. True change is created through the investment of employees and retirees, along with the generous support from their Company foundation.”
Many local retirees who supported United Way throughout their careers have continued to champion the cause by creating a legacy of care through their ongoing generosity. This year, they exceeded expectations, pledging nearly $389,117.
“Our amazing retirees inspire us with their genuine care and compassion for our community,” shared Kali Cochran, Director of Investor Relations at United Way of Midland County. “We are humbled by the continued generosity.”
Cochran continued to share that community retirees and individual donors also show their support each year and pledged a generous amount of $352,433 to support the 2021 campaign.
Workplace campaigns are drawing to a close, Three Rivers and Ace Hardware – strong advocates for United Way – also met or exceeded their goals, further highlighting their commitment to the community. Target and Meijer wrapped up their campaigns earlier in the season, adding momentum to the campaign as a whole.
As local nonprofits and agencies feel the strain under the increased needs, organizations and businesses are rallying to help support these efforts through United Way. The dollars raised are invested in programs that make a measurable impact in the areas of Youth Success, Health and Household Stability.
“Our partners are serving more and more people every day, many for the very first time,” shared Miller. “They need our support now more than ever. The way our community has responded when asked to go beyond showing how we are stronger together, to demonstrating what’s possible together has been incredible to witness.”
Be a part of closing the gaps and ensuring our neighbors’ needs are met. Drop off or mail in your contribution soon – United Way of Midland County, 115 Jerome Street, Midland, MI 48640.
United Way of Midland County continues to press towards the finish line and has reached an encouraging milestone. The community has passed the $4 million mark, reporting pledges totaling $4,142,571 raised, or 88% of the overall campaign goal of $4.7 million.
“The investment in United Way from our supporters is invested right back into our community to tackle our biggest challenges,” said Holly Miller, president and CEO of United Way of Midland County. “We are humbled and thrilled with the progress. Our community is continuing to open their minds and hearts as we press forth with confidence.”
Last week, United Way shared that the community campaign would continue throughout November to help widen the window of opportunities for participation, accommodating many workplace campaigns that are kicking off or still running.
Miller added that MidMichigan Health has showcased their employees’ hearts for community. Throughout their campaign they hosted t-shirt sales, a pumpkin carving contest, candy gram sales and many other creative ways to engage their team in the campaign. Their campaign has wrapped up, and they report not only meeting their goal – but exceeding it.
“In a year where these dollars mean more than ever, we are so encouraged by the amazing and creative ways that employees and organizations are rising,” Miller continued
United Way partner agencies continue to show their support of the 2021 community campaign. Disability Network and Home to Stay encouraged teams to get involved through special events and raffles – and both exceeded their campaign goals. Senior Services, Ten Sixteen, Family and Children’s Services and Greater Midland Community Center all wrapped up their campaigns, each bringing in significant amounts to support the community.
West Midland Family Center also added their voices to the collective cheer of impact. They not only see first-hand the impact of these investment, but also exceeded their workplace giving goals – reporting pledges over $18,000.
“Our partner agencies continue to inspire us not only through their support of the campaign, but through the incredible work they do to support our neighbors in need of help,” shared Nancy Money, United Way’s Director of Community Impact. “They are the champions of care in our community, and have the most generous hearts. We are so grateful for their commitment to raising dollars for the campaign, but more so for being a network of support for families, friends and neighbors.”
Dow Chemical Employees’ Credit Union joined Dendritech, Inc. in running workplace campaigns with the spirit of learning and understanding the “how” behind the “why.” They invited United Way to present to their employees about the campaign, United Way’s mission and the impact their dollars make in the community.
Trinseo wrapped up their workplace campaign exceeding their 2021 goal. As a generous corporate show of support, they are matching employee’s donations to maximize. As a surprise at the end of their very successful workplace campaign, International Flavors and Fragrances is has also made the commitment to offer a matching grant to help ensure the needs in the community are met.
Companies are continuing to kick off their workplace campaigns throughout November. Midland Cogeneration Venture has joined Wildfire Credit Union in engaging their employees in making a difference here in Midland County. Others, like Ayre-Rhinehart and Midland County wrapped up their campaigns this week, reporting pledges exceeding their goals.
With the support of workplace campaigns, corporate gifts, foundation grants and individual pledges, United Way is able to invest the dollars raised in non-profit programs aligned with the top needs that create measurable change.
“As campaign co-chairs, we’ve had a chance to learn more about the work United Way and their partner agencies do on a daily basis to support our community,” shared Todd and Mary Draves, United Way Campaign Co-Chairs. “And it’s incredible. The way these organizations show up for the people in our community who need help is not only critical, but also inspiring. We encourage each of you to take the time to learn more about the needs in our community, and how your support of United Way and their partners helps to ensure that every person in our community can thrive.”
It’s not too late. For more information about how you can help improve lives in our community, visit unitedwaymidland.org.